Patents by Inventor Mark Edward Kernien

Mark Edward Kernien has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10444135
    Abstract: A method of sensing a fluid. The method includes determining a slope based on a first measurement of a first ultrasonic pulse traveling through the fluid, a second measurement based on a second ultrasonic pulse traveling through the fluid, a first temperature of the fluid, and a second temperature of the fluid. The method further includes comparing the slope to a predetermined slope and the first measurement to a predetermined measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SSI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Murphy, Mark Edward Kernien
  • Patent number: 10422732
    Abstract: A system for sensing characteristics of a fluid contained within a tank. The system including an ultrasonic sensor, a temperature sensor, and a controller. The ultrasonic sensor is configured to output a ultrasonic pulse into the fluid, receive an echo of the ultrasonic pulse, and output a signal based on the received echo. The temperature sensor is configured to sense a temperature of the fluid and output a temperature signal corresponding to the temperature of the fluid. The controller is configured to determine a time-of-flight based on the output of the ultrasonic pulse and the received echo of the ultrasonic pulse, receive the temperature signal, determine a characteristic of the fluid based on the time-of-flight and the temperature signal, compare the characteristic of the fluid to a baseline characteristic, and output a signal based on the comparison between the characteristic of the fluid and the baseline characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SSI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Murphy, Mark Edward Kernien
  • Publication number: 20190025176
    Abstract: A method of sensing a fluid. The method includes determining a slope based on a first measurement of a first ultrasonic pulse traveling through the fluid, a second measurement based on a second ultrasonic pulse traveling through the fluid, a first temperature of the fluid, and a second temperature of the fluid. The method further includes comparing the slope to a predetermined slope and the first measurement to a predetermined measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory P. Murphy, Mark Edward Kernien
  • Publication number: 20180052086
    Abstract: A system for sensing characteristics of a fluid contained within a tank. The system including an ultrasonic sensor, a temperature sensor, and a controller. The ultrasonic sensor is configured to output a ultrasonic pulse into the fluid, receive an echo of the ultrasonic pulse, and output a signal based on the received echo. The temperature sensor is configured to sense a temperature of the fluid and output a temperature signal corresponding to the temperature of the fluid. The controller is configured to determine a time-of-flight based on the output of the ultrasonic pulse and the received echo of the ultrasonic pulse, receive the temperature signal, determine a characteristic of the fluid based on the time-of-flight and the temperature signal, compare the characteristic of the fluid to a baseline characteristic, and output a signal based on the comparison between the characteristic of the fluid and the baseline characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Gregory P. Murphy, Mark Edward Kernien
  • Patent number: 6092425
    Abstract: A differential pressure sensor (10) having a housing 12 and a metal or alloy isolator (14) for stress isolation of a sensing cell (28) that is mounted to the isolator (14). The metal or alloy isolator (14) has an opening (16) therein for providing access to the sensing cell (28). The housing (12) is molded around the isolator (14) creating a seal therebetween and isolating the sensing cell (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Philip David Kuznia, Mark Edward Kernien, William Edward Brown, Jr.